Tote Win: £5.90 Tote Place: £2.70,4.70
Straight Forecast: £68.32 Exacta: £45.20 Swingers: 1&2:5.70 2&3:7.70 1&3:4.90
Jackpot: £10,069.89 carried forward to Sandown Park, 24th Apr
Placepot: £4,388.40, Pool: £148185.88, 24.65 winning tickets
Quadpot: £42.90, Pool: £12989.24, 223.6 winning tickets
A fine ride from Jamie Spencer and a game and willing partner in KINGS GAMBIT saw the pair repel all challengers to gain just his second success since 2008 when he was trained in South Africa. He was drawn five of the six runners but Spencer was keen to grab the lead and rousted the seven year old to the front. He was tracked by Shamali for the first half mile but Eddie Ahern allowed his mount to drift back to the chasing pack as Kings Gambit led by around half a dozen lengths turning into the straight. Spencer started to get serious with over two furlongs to run and it looked as though Kings Gambit would be swamped as the field fanned out across the track to challenge but he kept sticking his neck out and held on well despite drifting across the already beaten Nouriya in the closing stages. Black Spirit won a valuable course handicap over a mile last summer before having four runs in France over this trip. He travelled strongly and looked the likeliest winner but just couldn't get past Kings Gambit; he was wearing a tongue tie for the first time here and may have a little bit more to offer this season and should find a race at this level whilst this track clearly suits him well. Shamali hasn't had a lot of racing for a six year old and was stepping up to this level for the first time having won a Listed race on his reappearance; he had every chance and wasn't good enough on the day but should continue to pay his way. Nouriya launched her challenge on the inside of the track and appeared to have drawn alongside the winner at one stage but her run petered out and she was held when slightly short of room in the closing stages. This was her first run over a mile since debut and this rates a more than satisfactory return; better can be expected when she's stepped back up in trip with this run behind her and she holds an entry for the Middleton Stakes at York next month. The two disappointments of the race were market leaders Visount Nelson and Afsare. Viscount Nelson had last been seen finishing third in the Eclipse over course and distance but he was one of the first under pressure turning into the straight and this has to go down as a modest run but it would be no surprise to see him leave this form behind as the season progresses. There are also pertinent excuses for Afsare who was on his toes at the start, weak in the market and too keen in the early stages of the race. He ran as though the run was needed and whilst his Group One entries in the Queen Anne and Irish Champion Stakes look to be flying a little high at this stage he is not one to give up on with his defeat of Wigmore Hall last June on just his third start looking particularly strong form given the runner-up's subsequent performances.